Facelifted Porsche Panamera Claims 'Ring Record

Porsche will be unveiling its facelifted Panamera luxury performance sedan later this month and the Zuffenhausen-based brand has released a video of the Panamera setting a new record at the famous Nurburgring. Check it out!

There’s an updated Panamera on the way and Porsche wants you to know that it’s amazing. All will be revealed on 26 August 2020 and it’s been reported that a more powerful Panamera Turbo S might join the range and slot in between the Turbo and Turbo S E-Hybrid and pack as much as 466 kW and 832 Nm from its turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine. 

The Nurburgring is often used by car manufacturers to flex their muscles and show off their new products before they come to market. It’s also a good place for general performance testing and Porsche is no stranger to the Green Hell.

In fact, the Porsche 919 Hybrid currently holds the overall ‘Ring record with a time of 5:19 which was set back in 2018. Other notable Nurburgring record laps include the 911 GT2 RS in 2017 with a time of the 6:47 and the 918 Spyder back in 2013 with a time of 6:57. 

The video below shows the updated Panamera setting a 2020 record for a production car in the ‘executive cars’ category with a time of 7:29:81. The Panamera was driven by Lars Ker (32).  

You may also recall the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S 4Matic achieving a time of 7:25.41 back in 2018 on the shorter 20.6km Nurburgring layout, whereas Porsche’s record run utilised the longer 20.8km track layout. 

“The Panamera has always been both an exclusive touring sedan and a true sports car at the same time. In the new model, we have enhanced these attributes even further,” says Thomas Friemuth, Vice President Product Line Panamera. “Alongside the increased engine power, improvements have been made in the areas of cornering stability, body control and steering precision. These enhancements benefit both everyday comfort and performance. The lap record is impressive proof of this.”

The Panamera used for the record run was fitted with a racing seat for the driver as well as a roll cage. 

We will keep you updated as soon as official details for the facelifted Porsche Panamera are revealed. Stay tuned!

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